Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/13/14

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A profile of new Cavalier Donald Sloan from a few months back- “Those 38 games of “running the show” were enough to get Sloan invited to training camp to play for the USA in the 2011 Pan-American Games. Of the players competing in Mexico, several were D-Leaguers who were sitting well in terms of making of NBA team, with Sloan being one of them. We’ll go in depth on the Pan-Am Games in another Chasin’ The Dream, but Sloan made enough of an impression by his play in Mexico that the Erie Bayhawks made him a priority on draft night, dealing vet Blake Ahearn and a second rounder to bring him to Erie.

“It’s all about confidence. Once my agent, Brian Elfus of Impact Sports Basketball, told me that I had teams coming to see me in Tulsa, following me down to Mexico, then put me on the phone with Alan Houston on the D-League Draft night and he told me ‘Sloan, we want you in Erie. We think you’re an NBA point guard.’ That was all that I needed to hear. I was stoked,” the elated Sloan reminisced on his memories of his initial phone call with Knicks Assistant GM Alan Houston. All it takes is something like that to light a fire under you to make you realize that you can truly do this on the next level.” [Bohn/Slam Online] (Hat tip- Jason Lloyd)

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Interesting. A look at the AL Central in 2014. “The Indians have been in some form of rebuilding since 2008; last year, most everyone was surprised that the Indians were able to field a competitive team. Chasing a division title into late August in 2011 was well ahead of schedule. Now the Indians have to deal with expectations.

Of course, the Indians do not play baseball in a vacuum, because that would be difficult for the players. As the Indians move forward, there are four other teams that have some say regarding the Tribe’s playoff hopes, many of the players on the five teams currently will be gone, and even the players around will be a few years older. To try to get a grip on how these teams might look in 2014, I looked at the payroll patterns of each team, the existing contract commitments for beyond 2013, as well as a very cursory look at the farm system. All payroll information comes from Cot’s Contracts.” [Let's go Tribe]

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Another take on Holmgren’s comments the other day- “In truth, Holmgren got bitten by a more aggressive suitor … and that’s the way the ball bounces. Perhaps he should study a few key points from the Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness: “Capitalism, God’s way of determining who is smart, and who is poor.” “Crying, acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon.” “Rage. Poise. Property rights.” Yep. Ron Swanson would dominate this NFL thing. Mike Holmgren, personnel executive? Not so much. At least, not this time.” [Shutdown Corner]

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A Uni-Watch Indians’ related contest- “Last weekend’s request to have a contest for the new name and uniform for teams named for native peoples (on this day when we stereotype the Irish, no less), really didn’t get narrowed down terribly — so let’s make it simple:

Let’s offer some suggestions for new team names for the Washington football team (currently named the “Redskins”) and the Cleveland baseball team (known for now as the “Indians”). Today — let’s come up with a few new names for each. Post your suggestions below in the comments. Tomorrow, I’ll select some of the best suggestions for each and we’ll put those to a vote. Once we have a new nickname, we’ll build a uniform and logo contest around those new names.” [Uni-Watch]

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A couple of different takes on recent events. The Sessions trade from a fantasy basketball perspective, and Peyton Hillis’ value as a Chief. [Yahoo Fantasy Minute]

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